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God’s word: a call to us all

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz
This weekend marks the first annual celebration of Sunday of the Word of God which will land every year on the third Sunday in Ordinary shortly after the conclusion of the Christmas season. There is not another Christian denomination that proclaims the Word of God as faithfully and comprehensively as does the Catholic Church, 365 days per year. Make that 366 days in 2020. … Continue reading

Protection of Children

The Catholic Church has always demonstrated a concern for children. The Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel.

Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and the children and adolescents … Continue reading

Invitation RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

A study of Catholic beliefs and practices including the Church Creed, sacraments, worship, prayer, morality and commandments. No charge … Download pdf file for more information.

The Saints of the Basilica

Presented by the Liturgy Commission
Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honor of the Marian apparitions thatreportedly occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858 when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous … Read more

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Be Holy

By Bishop Robert Barron – February 16, 2020
As we continue our focus on the Old Testament texts, we turn this week to the nineteenth chapter of the book of Leviticus. As the name suggests, the book has a good deal to do with the Levites, who were the priests of ancient Israel. Accordingly, there is much talk of ritual, sacrifice, taboo, the clean and the unclean, etc. In a word, the book of Leviticus was laying out the practices by which Israel set itself apart from the other nations. But the holiness of Israel was only a function of the supreme holiness of the God of Israel. Israel was meant to be different, because God is different.

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Bishop Barron on Praying at the Tomb of St. Paul

By Bishop Robert Barron – February, 20, 2020
In this new video commentary, I reflect on my recent visit to the tomb of St. Paul. As I knelt and prayed on that spot, wearing the full liturgical regalia of a successor of the Apostles, I had a certain feeling of unworthiness. But then as I prayed further, I was reminded of how often Paul himself felt unworthy.


Tour of Ireland with Father O'Connor

Tour of Ireland with Father O'Connor
Father David O'Connor, pastor emeritus at St. Mary Basilica and Assumption Church, Natchez, will lead a ten day group trip to Ireland in June. He said "The group (limited to 40 people) will depart from Jackson international airport for Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, June 20 and will return from Dublin to Jackson on Tuesday, June 30. He added "the tour, a guided tour of many of Ireland's historic and scenic places, will take us to four great cities (Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny) and to picturesque parts of rural Ireland, great coastlines, the great Marian shrine of Knock, interesting small towns and my home village church where I was baptized." … Read more

Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years. He has been at Oblate School of Theology since 2005. … Father Ron's column

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” than the name of Jesus.

“In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church we can
perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God.”
Pope John Paul II

Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Famous Quotes

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“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
Winston Churchill

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